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exchange stories
Real Students.
Real Stories.

Each year, almost 3,000 EF exchange students come to the U.S. for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living with a host family, going to an American high school, and becoming part of their local community. Every student has a story. And we love sharing them!

Eli from Austria studied in Ft. Myers, Florida

See Ya Later, Alligator

Eli and her host family learned that after an exchange year, goodbyes are only temporary! The relationships created through exchange last a lifetime.

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Brage from Norway studied in Springville, Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Brage's host family made his exchange year a life-changing experience and gave him an opportunity to be a role model, big brother, and best friend.

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Jenith from Taiwan studied in Lincoln, Nebraska

I Feel Like I'm at Home

Jenith loved how her exchange year made her feel like a true American girl— from eating popcorn and watching movies on a Friday night, to dancing the night away at prom!

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Cristina from Italy studied in Mead, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Moments

Cristina felt at home in her new community and quickly became an active member. She even helped donate over 1,000 items for a Thanksgiving food drive.

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